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Noel Turnbull

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Noel Turnbull

Adjunct professor of media and communications at RMIT University.


Floods of giving and promotion

Noel TurnbullJan 24, 20116 Comments

The problem that PR people face in these situations is how to do what is the obvious human thing -- help how you can -- while ensuring that what you do doesn’t spill over into counter-productive self-promotion.

Bah humbug to the season

Bah humbug to the season

Noel TurnbullDec 16, 20107 Comments

If there is anything that arguably demonstrates that the PR stereotype has some validity it is the festive season in general and Christmas in particular.

Year-end leadership, reform agenda round-ups

Noel TurnbullDec 9, 20101 Comment

As the annual political round-ups start to roll out it is fascinating to watch how they are all obsessed with leadership and activity.

The conventional wisdom is always wrong

Noel TurnbullDec 2, 20109 Comments

The late J.K. Galbraith had a remarkable capacity to coin memorable epigrams and quotable quotes. The idea that the conventional wisdom is always wrong was one of them.

Silences and complexity

Noel TurnbullNov 25, 20103 Comments

Two of the ways PR people seek to make issues disappear are: to create strange silences in which they are lost, or to bury them in so much complexity and confusion that people just stop listening.

Background briefings cui bono?

Noel TurnbullNov 18, 20102 Comments

One of the fascinating things about the media is how frequently the "facts" reported about an event differ between media outlets while, simultaneously, the supposed meaning of the events are interpreted in remarkably similar ways. Noel Turnbull looks to Burma.

What the Basin Authority should have done

Noel TurnbullNov 11, 20107 Comments

The frightening thing about the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s current efforts is that they apparently spent about $60 million getting to where they are while ignoring almost every lesson about how to undertake consultation.

Come in Spinner: PR, David Jones and ethics

Noel TurnbullNov 4, 2010

Discussions of PR ethics often suffer from conceptual confusion -- about the nature of ethical challenges and the way to deal with them.

Come in Spinner: inside the prolific Vatican PR outfit

Noel TurnbullOct 21, 20105 Comments

For an organisation that prides itself on its millennia-long view of the world, heaven and all things in between, the Vatican certainly spends a lot of time focused on day-to-day public relations.